Sunday, February 1, 2009

Green Portals & Strokes

I've been behind on the topics, so this is a dual-purpose post.

I find both of these subjects (self-portrait and dream) to be very difficult. This is what I came up with tonight:

These are my eyes, and they are my most favorite feature. They are a green that is very different, and I love having something that is really just ME.

When I used the flash I looked VERY scary, so this picture is what I settled for tonight. (Anyone have any ideas for shaping eyebrows? I've never been confident in that area at all, and obviously need some work!) (And.... this is without any makeup. Sorta scary.)

I am a mother of two boys (2 1/2 years, 8 months), I work part-time, I love being in charge of things, I am have recently taken to exploring to create different things for dinner, I am gearing up to move (dreading that!), and we are trying to make it with my husband laid off and finishing his last class in school before he gets his Horticulture degree. I feel like this great big hodge-podge of things, and I am excited for contributing to this blog.

And, this is my DREAM category picture:

I have a hard time quantifying my dreams. I just really don't do it. And I've never really had a problem with not dreaming much. Believe me, my husband does it enough for both of us. However, there are parts of me that want to reach out and LEARN or DO, and this is one of those things.

My grandmother was an accomplished oil painter, as were many of her relatives. She produced art that continues to amaze me. I have never felt very talented in this area, but I have never tried. When I was younger I found her painting kit and asked my Mom if I could try, and she got very upset at me. I don't think she realized I was serious, but it still really hurt my feelings. So, my dream is to take an oil painting class.

I hate to admit it, but these brushes are from a make-up kit. I don't even own a real paint brush.

I'm not really looking for criticism on these because I took them in all of, seriously, one minute, so it's just more FYI this time. Thanks for the previous comments, though!


Lacy said...

on what not to wear, carmendy says to draw the shape of brow youwant with a white pencil of some sort. then you can pluck around it. oh and thicker is always better than too thin

Ashton and Shanda Call Family said...

I hate shapping my eyebrows. I always feel like one is lower than the other. Why couldn't we have been born with naturally shaped beautiful eyebrows? Beautiful eyes! I always wanted green eyes...but I'm stuck with brown. oh well. I like your idea for your portrait. Nice job!

Katy said...

Oh wow, your eyes are gorgeous... i'm so totally dead jealous!!!! And just so you know, coming from a thin-eyebrowed gal... your thick ones are just perfect... you're a natural beauty!!!

AprilF said...

Hi Janette! We are really similar- two boys the same ages and both working part time. Crazy! You don't live in Jersey do you?? LOL!

Mindy said...

We have very similar eye color! I've always liked my eyes too. You look gorgeous without makeup.

Take an oil painting class!!! Do it! :)

Alynn and Todd said...

Isn't it amazing what one comment can do to us? You never know if you don't try! Welcome to the blog, from another green-eyed girl!

Rachel H. said...

GREAT JOB! YOU seriously have the most gorgeous eyes! Having seen them in person, I ABSOLUTELY know this is true!

Malissa said...

Your eyes are really a pretty color. I have alwasy wanted to paint or draw too. But I have absolutely no talent in that catagory. I think that your eyebrows are great. But I don't do anything with mine either. I guess I was always too chicken to pluck. It hurts!

LeAnn and Cris said...

I like your eyes too. I wish I could draw or paint, but I can't even draw a stick figure very well.

princess jen said...

Wow your eyes look incredible! I can't believe you took those photos in a minute. I've spent time trying to get photos like that. You're so talented. I can't wait to see what kind of oil paintings you come up with! :)